Jacques Saada

Jacques Saada, PC (born November 22, 1947) is a Canadian politician and former cabinet minister.

Jacques Saada

Member of Parliament
for Brossard—La Prairie
In office
June 2, 1997  January 23, 2006
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byMarcel Lussier
Personal details
BornNovember 22, 1947
Tunis, Tunisia
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceBrossard, Quebec, Canada
Professionteacher, businessman

Saada is a teacher and linguist by profession and was Chief Executive Officer of a translation firm, a consultant and a lecturer in translation prior to entering politics.

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) from the Quebec riding of Brossard—La Prairie in the 1997 federal election. He served as Deputy Government Whip from 2001 to 2003. When Paul Martin became Prime Minister of Canada on December 12, 2003, he had Saada appointed as a privy councillor (giving him the prenominal "The Honourable" and the postnominal "PC" for life) and to the Cabinet as Minister Responsible for Democratic Reform and Government House Leader.

Following the 2004 election with the election of a Liberal minority government, Saada was transferred to the positions of Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for La Francophonie.

Saada was born in Tunis, the main city of Tunisia, to a Jewish family. In the 2004 election his campaign was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti, letters, and phone calls.

Saada was defeated in the 2006 election, losing his seat in Brossard—La Prairie to Bloc Québécois candidate Marcel Lussier. His former constituency assistant, Alexandra Mendès, defeated Lussier in the 2008 election.

He was the Quebec Chair for the Rae campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party. In September 2007, Saada was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Quebec Aerospace Association (AQA). He resigned from that position in December 2011.[1]

Electoral record (partial)

2000 Canadian federal election: Brossard—La Prairie
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalJacques Saada26,80652.69$63,331
Bloc QuébécoisNicolas Tétrault16,75832.94$66,058
AllianceRichard Bélisle2,9735.84$8,956
     Progressive Conservative Sylvain St-Louis 2,783 5.47 $50
New DemocraticClémence Provencher8521.67none listed
Natural LawSylvia Larrass5281.04none listed
Marxist–LeninistNormand Chouinard1720.34$10
Total valid votes/Expenditures limit 50,872 100.00 $69,269
Total rejected ballots 1,067
Turnout 51,939 66.13
Electors on the lists 78,535
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.


  1. "L'ex-ministre Jacques Saada quitte l'AQA". Les affaires (in French). December 9, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
legislation enacted Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Jean-Pierre Blackburn
  Minister of State
styled as Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
legislation enacted
  Minister of State
styled as Leader of the Government
in the House of Commons
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Denis Coderre Minister responsible for La Francophonie
Josée Verner
position created Minister responsible for Democratic Reform
Mauril Bélanger
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Tony Valeri

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